Category Archives: QOTD

QOTD: H.L. Mencken on Practical Politics

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

—H.L. Mencken (born in 1880)

QOTD: Paul Craig Roberts on Slavery

A slave is a person who does not own his own labor. Therefore, the product of his labor, or some portion of it, is not his. For medieval serfs the maximum tax rate was 30%. Given the technology of the time, a higher tax rate so dispossessed serfs that the population could not reproduce, and the sefts would revolt.

19th century slaves worked with better technology, and their higher productivity meant that 50% of their work product could be taken by their owners. This was not all profit as owners had to pay handsomely for the labor, but instead of paying the laborer, the slave owner paid the slave merchant who paid the black African king of Dahomey who captured the black slaves. 

In contrast, prior to the 1981 Reagan tax rate reduction, the maximum tax rate on investment income was 70% and the maximum tax rate on wage and salary income was 50 percent.

Today every Western taxpayer is a slave in the same economic sense as slaves in prior times. Today the Western citizen does not own his own labor. He owns only a part of it. The rest belongs to the slave master, that is, the government. The enslavement of the entire working population of the United States occured in 1913 with the enactment of the income tax. This enslavement is color blind.

QOTD: Steve Martin on Success

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

That was what Steve Martin said when he was being interviewed by Charlie Rose and Rose asked what advice Martin would give to a young people.

Martin continued, “ . . . it’s not the answer they want to hear.”

according to Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

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QOTD: Denninger on Politics and Blackmail

“I have long considered that one of the primary qualifications for being “accepted” into the major parties as a serious candidate (for anything) is that you’re able to be blackmailed.  There has to be something in your past that they know about and can use to “keep you in line.”  There is an utterly-ridiculous over-representation of people in the US Congress and other “high positions” that have been accused (or even proved) to have had interest in “little girls”, as an example, which has led to the (not very funny) anecdote that the only way to “get” this politician or that is to find them with a dead girl — or live boy.

As just one example I give you Dennis Hastert, who was Speaker of the House.  Long after he left office (but sadly for him, before he died) he was accused of structuring transactions illegally to pay off a kid he allegedly did inappropriate things with before he was in the House at all, say much less before he was Speaker.  It beggars belief that nobody knew of this alleged indiscretion before Hastert ascended to the House itself, say much less Speaker of the House.

Therefore this is a perfectly reasonable question: Who blackmailed him and what did they get?  I remind you that the Speaker of the House has near-absolute control over what is and isn’t heard on the floor and thus what bills can and cannot be voted on.”


QOTD: A Day Which Shall Live in Infamy…

“I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

– Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon learning of the success of the attack on

QOTD: H.L. Mencken on Slitting Throats

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

– H.L. Mencken

QOTD: Miracles and Bernadette Soubirous

“For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.”

—From the opening lines of the 1943 movie, The Song of Bernadette

Jennifer Warnes co-wrote and sang the related and beautiful Song of Bernadette. Here’s a good version.

You’ve heard of the healing waters at Lourdes, France, right? The movie is about that and 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.